Graphic Designer Salary Canada

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Average Graphic Designers and Illustrator’s Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Graphic Designers and Illustrators.

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 5241.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: graphic designer, graphic artist, illustrator and cartoonist.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Edmonton, Alberta at $29.35 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in New Brunswick at $16.87 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $40,000 – $60,000.

Government labour market data indicates that the number of job seekers will be larger than job vacancies in this profession for the near future.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Graphic Designers and Illustrators in Canada

LocationLow Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta* 18.0031.3346.672015
Edmonton – Alberta* 16.0029.3546.042015
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 14.4221.9840.872014
Winnipeg – Manitoba 14.00 21.03 37.142014
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick(1) 13.8416.8722.502014
Halifax – Nova Scotia 12.0022.0032.312014
Toronto – Ontario 16.8325.4840.002014
Ottawa – Ontario 14.0022.5038.462013
Hamilton / Niagara Peninsula – Ontario 14.00 20.0033.412014
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario(1) 14.4224.0438.192014
Prince Edward Island 12.0018.00 29.672014
Montreal – Quebec 14.0021.9835.582014
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan15.00 20.2537.002014


Examples of duties include the following:
›› Developing design ideas to meet clients’ requirements
›› Preparing sketches, layouts and diagrams
›› Using computer software to produce designs
›› Producing illustrations by hand or with computer-assisted design (CAD) software
Comparison with employment group

The 2016 full-time average hourly wage rate for technical occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport, which includes graphic arts technicians, is $21.98. The 2016 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $840, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment unit of $44,000.

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